Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a waterproof mascara girl. My eyelashes are stick straight and grow down, with ZERO curl…so in order to keep them curled after using an eyelash curler, I have no choice but to reach for waterproof mascara. Last year, I was getting my eyelashes permed and I loved the effect and I was able to try out and review a whole whackload of regular mascaras for you… now that the perm is gone and I’m giving my lashes a break, I had to go back to waterproof. So I picked up this L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara (About $6 USD / $8 CDN) because I had heard a lot of good things about it.
The mascara is super sleek, a matte black tube with gorgeous gold writing and cap, and a bristle brush (I’ve just never really been a fan of the plastic CoverGirl-LashBlast-type-mascara-wands). I’d say its about a ‘medium’ sized brush, falling somewhere in between Bare Escentuals’ Flawless Definition wand and the Benefit badGAL Lash wand. It’s really the perfect size for my liking.
For being a waterproof mascara, I found this formula to be quite thin and liquidy. Usually mascaras of this type are thicker, drier and therefore easier for me to apply. I felt like I really had to build and build this mascara to get any effect. I also found that you really have to tilt your head back when applying it- I’ve never encountered this problem before, but as I was warned by several of you, it transfers really easily and gets just above your upper lash line when applying it if you’re not careful.
The color is gorgeous- super rich black, really couldn’t ask for a better shade. As for it’s volumizing properties…I’ve honestly seen better. It’s a pretty good everyday mascara for something for under $10 from the drugstore…but it didn’t blow me away. I’m starting to miss my Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash right about now actually… but all in all its a good “every day” mascara. No crazy volume, but a good amount of color and definition. My curl stayed all day and the best part about this mascara is how nice it is to remove. With a little bit of my Marcelle Renforcils Lash Fortifying Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover and a little massaging, this mascara comes off nicely with no flaking.
Before & After
I’ll definitely continue to use this mascara on a daily basis, but I think I might try to look for something a little more dramatic for evening- I found that piling on the layers with this mascara just didn’t work. It got clumpy real fast- so I need a better, drier formula for the big thick lashes I’m looking for.
- Price: About $6 USD / $8 CDN
- Availability: Drugstore.com and other drugstores
- Overall: A great everyday mascara! Super black and holds a curl nicely with no flaking. Formula is a little more thin than usual, so it’s not as insanely volumizing as I wanted, but still good for daily wear.
- Rating: A-